Bessie Wang is a BC Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has worked with individuals, families and groups in various capacities since 2008.
Bessie got into counselling as her nature is to be kind, caring, compassionate but also adventurous and resourceful, all of which create excellent conditions to build strong working relationships.
Having worked in this field for a considerable time, she has developed and learned from her experiences in community, in-patient and out-patient settings. She has also encountered people from all walks of life and with a variety of mental health experiences, both positive and negative.
Bessie has also worked alongside the families of those having difficulties and believes everyone should be supported through hard situations.
Having found her own identity which is a blend of traditional Chinese and mainstream western philosophy, Bessie has firsthand experience of how cultural differences can be understood by being non-judgmental and having an open-minded attitude.
Aside from counselling, Bessie has also promoted mental wellness at large community events like the 1st and 2nd Chinese Social Service Exhibition.
Lorraine Ng is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC. She has experience working with immigrant families, international students, caregivers and parents.
She works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship difficulties and parenting issues and other life changes. Her practice is grounded in Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based work, trauma-informed practice and multicultural framework.
Lorraine is warm, compassionate and insightful in her work. She strives to provide a safe environment for clients to deepen their understanding of themselves and rediscover their inner strengths. She also helps clients to develop practical healthy coping skills and tools to face their current struggles. She hopes that clients will become empowered and encouraged to create meaningful changes in their lives.
She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
In addition to counselling, she also holds various psychoeducational workshops to promote mental wellness to the community and international students.
Marco Ma is a registered clinical counsellor under BCACC. He is experienced in working with clients in various age range, ethnic/cultural identities, and religions. He specializes in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and relational issues. He received training and supervisions on cognitive-behavioral therapy(CBT), narrative therapy, Gottman Method, and various mindfulness-based approach in an integrative manner.
Marco is often known as a calm, composed, compassionate, and a client-centered therapist, who is able to hold the space for clients to process their emotions and walk through the journey. Despite the essentiality of techniques in therapy, Marco believes that Rogerian core conditions are paramount when it comes to engendering therapeutic change, namely congruence (genuineness), unconditional positive regard and accurate empathic understanding. Marco strives to ensure his clients will feel listened, accepted, respected, and cared for during therapy sessions.
Further, Marco also embraces the non-judgmental and non-oppressive approach when handling cross-cultural counselling situations. As an ethnic minority in Canada, Marco can readily empathize with clients who suffer from systemic racism and discrimination in work-place and day-to-day life. Marco believes that it is imperative for a mental health professional to advocate for social justice and gender equity in our community. More importantly, Marco can speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. It is hoped that language is not a barrier in therapy for clients, and Chinese-speaking clients can express themselves freely and feel more connected with the therapist.